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  • David Keating

  • Passing Date:Sat, Sep 10 2022
  • Funeral Date:Wed, Sep 14 2022
  • Viewing:No Visitation
  • Funeral Location:Sterling Bell Memorial Chapel
  • Resting Location:No Visitation
  • Wishes:Alzheimer's or St. Andrew's Anglican Church
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David Keating of Miramichi on September 10th 2022 at the age of 78. David will be deeply missed by Sue, his loving wife of 58 years, his daughters Lisa Matchett (late Jimmy) of Miramichi, Lana Dolan (Terry) of Riverview and son Lane (Esther) of Strathadam, his sister, Lynn Keating, of Miramichi and his four grandchildren Nolan Matchett (Alexis Bryce), Morgan Matchett, Ali and Liam Dolan. He will also be missed by his sisters-in-law, Donna Bell (late Alvin), Kathy Hay (Daryl), brother-in-law, David Hambrook, as well as several nieces and nephews. David was pre-deceased by his parents Edward and Doris (Parker) Keating, and parents-in-law Donald and Gladys Hambrook.  
After leaving school, David joined the Royal Canadian Navy where he served a number of years before he joined the Newcastle Police Force.  He then went on to work at CFAD Renous as a firefighter before becoming the first permanent Fire Chief of the town of Newcastle, and later the City of Miramichi.  In 2005 David retired after 35 years of service. David was one of the founding members and first president of the Miramichi Valley Firefighters Association.  He was also a member of the New Brunswick Fire Chiefs Association, the Maritime Fire Chiefs Association, and the Canadian Fire Chiefs Association.  He was a member of the New Brunswick Association of Arson and Investigators and was a 54-year member of the Royal Canadian Legion.  
In his spare time, David kept busy by spending time with his family. Whether it was at Sunday suppers, the cottage in Oak Point, going for a drive, or just listening to music together, he always looked forward to quality time with his family. David was very thankful for his loving wife, Sue, who showed him so much care and compassion especially in his final years. They made the most out of their retirement together by travelling to Florida, going on bus tours, or spending time with their friends. He was so proud of his grandchildren and did not miss an opportunity to attend their events or visit with them. David loved to spend time outdoors whether it was on the snowmobile, fourwheeling, hunting, fishing, spending time at Adem lodge or even just shining his vehicle.  He would never turn down the opportunity to go for a drive; it was one of his favourite things to do. David will be fondly remembered by all that knew him.

A funeral service will be held from the Sterling Bell Memorial Chapel on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 2 PM with Rev. Thomas Nisbett officiating. Burial will follow in the Miramichi Cemetery.

As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of New Brunswick, St. Andrew’s Anglican Church or donation of the donor’s choice. Messages of condolence can be sent through the funeral home website:

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Bell’s Funeral Home, 651 King George Highway, Miramichi. Telephone: 506-622-3600.
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